Amidst the hubbub of the last two weeks, it was rather easy to completely forget about the 49ers signing of wide receiver Randy Moss the night before free agency got going. The 49ers added the veteran wide receiver to a deal that provides Moss with plenty of incentive to step up this season. Various roster bonuses provide the 49ers with a variety of opportunities to release Moss without taking much of a cap hit.
While there is concern from some about Moss' impact in the locker room and with QB Alex Smith, this deal does at least provide an escape route of sorts. The folks at Cold Hard Football Facts had an interesting article (h/t liberty_JAC) in which they describe the move as "right deal, right time." While Moss could flame out and be gone before the season even starts, there remains upside to the future Hall of Famer.
I am optimistic about Moss in 2012, but this is also a deal where we don't want to get too excited. After all, at 35 years old, Moss is no spring chicken in the NFL. A year off could have helped him re-charge his batteries, or it could leave a mountain of rust. We'll find out fairly quickly where he's at, although if he does start strong, the more interesting timeframe will be the closing weeks of the season when the wear and tear really sets in.
In light of the recent additions to the team, how are you viewing the Randy Moss signing?